Socceroos star Andrew Redmayne has achieved more than most in his football career – but even the goalkeeper found himself having a ‘pinch me’ moment when Australia took on England in a recent friendly at Wembley.
While the Three Lions were victorious 1-0, Graham Arnold’s men won plenty of admirers after the manner in which took the game to their rivals.
Redmayne was on the bench and while he didn’t get any time on the pitch, being in the game day squad at the ‘home of football’ was an experience he will always cherish.
‘It was massive and definitely on my bucket list,’ Redmayne, who became a sporting cult hero following his heroics in the penalty shoot-out win against Peru in June last year in a World Cup qualifier, told Daily Mail Australia.
‘I know my role in the team, Matty [Ryan] has been around a long time and is the first choice.
Andrew Redmayne found himself having a ‘pinch me’ moment when the Socceroos took on England in a recent friendly at Wembley
The 34-year-old will fly from London to Sydney via Perth before playing for the Sky Blues on Saturday night in the A-League
‘Looking around and seeing 80,000 fans was a bit surreal to be honest, I just made sure I soaked it all in.’
Redmayne was again on the pine when Australia beat New Zealand 2-0 to secure the ‘Soccer Ashes’ at Brentford on Wednesday morning – and now faces a 24-hour flight home so he can line up for Sydney FC in their season opener against Melbourne Victory at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.
‘Previously I would have done so university work, but now that’s done I will tuck into a book and look to get some sleep,’ the shot-stopper said.
‘It is always great to play for Sydney FC, our pre-seasons are long, the lads based in Europe have played 15 games or so and we haven’t started.
‘But it is what it is, I love playing in the A-League. ‘Victory, the Big Blue, in front of our fans, first up, I can’t wait.’
The 34-year-old is also tipping Brazilian recruit Fabio Gomes to leave an instant impression on the competition.
‘He is quality, he showed in the Australian Cup final what he can do with two goals,’ he said.
‘Overall, we also have a bit more balance in the squad now, I am confident we will hold our own.’